Youth and Families


Stories, crafts, educational tours and interactive experiences highlight the fun and exciting learning opportunities available at the Colorado Railroad Museum!


10am 1st Tuesday Each Month

This one of a kind tour takes you on a trip throughout the Museum’s rail yard inspired by some of the best of children’s literature! Railroad themed, of course. The Little Engine That Could, the Little Red Caboose and of course, Donald Crews’ Freight Train provide the suitable inspiration for this adventure at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 2-17, $8 seniors (60+). Museum members and children under age 2 are free.
Guided Theme Tour: $3 plus general admission. Museum members and children under age 2 are free.

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10am-11am 3rd Tuesday Each Month

Join staff and volunteers at the Colorado Railroad Museum as they share some of their favorite children’s stories with a decidedly railroad theme followed by a fun make-and-take craft!

2022 Dates
• March 15 – Trains Run! By George Ella and Ben Lyons
• April 19 – I’m Taking a Trip on My Train by Shirley Neitzel
• May 17 – The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
• June 21 – I Saw An Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince
• July 19 – Choo Choo by Virginia Lee Burton
• August 16 – Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis
• September 20 – Thomas and the Dinosaur (Golden Book)
• October 18 – All Aboard! A True Train Story by Susan Kuklin
• November 15 – Where do Steam Trains Sleep at Night By Brianna Caplan Sayres
• December 18 – The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (on-site only), The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains By Annie Silvestro (online)

Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Included with general admission!

Story Time and Craft is also available online! Check out our awesome playlist of train themed children’s stories on our YouTube channel by clicking here! A new story is added the third Wednesday each month!

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Child Pushes Turntable with Volunteer


Thursdays May 12-August 11, 2022

Every Thursday from May 12 – August 11, join us for Thrilling Thursday  from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m! Each Thursday features historic characters, demonstrations, and special guests from our cultural partner organizations. A weekly Pop-Up Exhibit will explore this summer’s theme of innovation, and kids can “scavenger hunt” for our mascot, Spike! Enjoy craft activities, turntable demonstrations, try out our low-tech but fun locomotive simulator, and learn about telegraphy, too. Bring your kids, grandkids and friends—they’ll enjoy learning about Colorado’s rich railroad heritage while having fun, too! (Included with regular Museum Admission). Train Rides also available 10am–3pm!

Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 2-17, $8 seniors ages 60+. Free for Museum members and children under age 2.
Train Rides: $4 adults, $2 ages 2-17. Free for Museum members & children under age 2.
Grounds open 9 am – 5 pm, rides operate every 30 minutes 10 am to 3 pm (crews take a lunch break at 12:30 pm).


Included with admission

Designed for families ages 4 – 99, Activity backpacks are designed to make traditional, adult-oriented galleries more fun and accessible for the entire family. Each pack contains 4 to 8 activities focusing on objects and an array of multisensory activities. Backpacks can be checked out at the front desk in the Museum store free of charge with Museum admission.


Enjoy a variety of activities that complement Scout programs. Whether a Girl, Boy, Cub or Brownie there are fun filled activities to fit your needs!

$14 per participant (uniforms encouraged, includes a scheduled ride)

Girl Scout Day – TBA 2023
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are encouraged to join the Colorado Railroad Museum for a fun-filled day enhancing Badges including: First Aid, Mechanical Engineering, Meet an Engineer, Career Exploration, and Animal Habitat. Not only will participants get to make a First Aid Kit to take home, they will learn about Colorado railroads and their connection to First Aid Kits. Scouts will also get to experience a train ride at either 10:45 am or 11:45 am!

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Boy Scout Day – October 15, 2022
More information coming soon!


Boy Scouts are invited to complete the Boy Scout Railroading Badge Activity Workbook. After completing the workbook contact your Badge Counselor.

Badge Counselors: Please contact the Museum by email to request a copy of the Counselor’s Key.


Special Activities – TBA 2023

Included with General admission, optional train rides available.
Need a place to take the kids while they are out of school during Spring Break? The Colorado Railroad Museum has a solution! Enjoy Train Rides, pop-up exhibits and reenactors, a craft project, and a host of other special activities and demonstrations. It’s a week of hands-on activities related to the railroad and those connected with it!

Activities and demonstration take place each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Train Rides will depart every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 2-17, $8 seniors (60+). Museum members and children under age 2 are free.
Train Rides: $4 adults, $2 kids 2-17. Museum members and children under age 2 are free.

All Aboard for Spring Break! Train Ride seating is limited, and reservations are recommended.



TBA 2023

Included with General admission, optional train rides available.
Grab your passports and join us for a storybook adventure as we celebrate our first, Read Across America Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum! Immerse yourselves in the rich history of railroads by exploring classic train stories during your train ride and inside our historic rail cars throughout the museum’s grounds. Make sure to meet our friends, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and the Museum’s own mascot, Spike. You and your family can also visit our upper gallery where you can create your own storybook to bring home! Featured books include, Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, stories from Thomas the Tank Engine’s collection, Donald Crews’ Freight Train, Marian Potter’s The Little Red Caboose, even excerpts from the Harry Potter series featuring the Hogwarts Express will be enjoyed!

Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 2-17, $8 seniors (60+). Museum members and children under age 2 are free.
Train Rides: $4 adults, $2 kids 2-17. Museum members and children under age 2 are free.



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15-acre railyard with over 100 locomotives is waiting for you to explore. 


17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

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